10 Stats You Need to Know: Milwaukee Brewers pitchers on the All-Star team

Barring any last-minute injuries and roster replacements, it looks like the Milwaukee Brewers will have two representatives to the National League All-Star team: pitchers Josh Hader and Corbin Burnes. Here are 10 stats you need to know about Brew Crew pitchers who have been selected (and played in) the All-Star Game.

1. This is Hader’s fourth selection. This is the second time Burnes has been selected. Hader ties Ben Sheets for the most All-Star Game selections for a Brewers pitcher. The only other Brewers pitcher selected to three of more All-Star Games is Dan Plesac. Burnes becomes the fourth Milwaukee pitcher selected to the ASG twice (joining Rollie Fingers, Francisco Rodriguez and Brandon Woodruff).

2. Plesac is the only Brewers pitcher to be selected to three straight All-Star Games. If you consider that there was no All-Star Game in 2020, you could say that Josh Hader has been selected to four straight ASG (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)

3. No Brewers pitcher has ever been the winning pitcher in an ASG. A Brewers hurler has twice lost the game: Rollie Fingers in 1981 and Corbin Burnes last year. There have been no saves for a Brewers pitcher in the ASG.

4. Brewers pitchers have allowed nine earned runs in 25 total innings pitched in the ASG, a 3.24 ERA.

5. Two pitchers, Ben Sheets in 2008 and Freddy Peralta in 2021 have struck out three batters in a single game All-Star Game appearance, most for any Brewers pitcher in an ASG.

6. Two Brewers pitchers have pitched three innings in a single ASG appearance: Lary Sorensen did it in 1978; Teddy Higuera did it in 1986.

7. The first Brewers pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game was Lary Sorensen in ’78.

8. There have been 24 different Brewers pitchers who have been selected to an All-Star team. Of those 24, 16 pitched in the game.

9. Four different Milwaukee pitchers have allowed a home run in an ASG appearance: Rollie Fingers (1981), Francisco Cordero (2007), Josh Hader (2018) and Corbin Burnes (2021)

10. Burnes and Hader became the seventh set of Brewers pitchers selected to the ASG in the same year. Here’s the list:
2004: Ben Sheets/Dan Kolb
2006: Derrick Turnbow/Chris Capuano
2007: Ben Sheets/Francisco Cordero
2018: Jeremy Jeffress/Josh Hader
2019: Josh Hader/Brandon Woodruff
2021: Brandon Woodruff/Josh Hader/Freddy Peralta/Corbin Burnes
2022: Josh Hader/Corbin Burnes

Christian Yelich reaches 150 career stolen base milestone

Here’s a quick trivia question to ponder: The Milwaukee Brewers have had four players who hit 100 or more career home runs and have more than 100 career stolen bases with the team. Can you name the four? Answer at the end of this blog.

On July 5, Christian Yelich stole career base #150 against the Chicago Cubs. In doing so, Yelich became the 107th player in Major League history to join the 150/150 Club… 150 or more career stolen bases and 150 or more career home runs (he has 168 career home runs).

It’s interesting to note that Yelich is also the 16th player in this club who has played for the Milwaukee Brewers at one time in their career. Here’s a list of the 16 players from the MLB 150/150 Club who spent time in a Brewers uniform:

Hank Aaron
Dante Bichette
Ryan Braun
Mike Cameron
Ray Durham
Julio Franco
Curtis Granderson
Marquis Grissom
Andrew McCutchen
Paul Molitor
Dave Parker
Gary Sheffield
Devon White
Jim Wynn
Christian Yelich
Robin Yount

Yelich could become the next Milwaukee player to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases in a Brewers uniform. As a member of the Brew Crew. Yelich has 109 home runs and 78 stolen bases, thus leaving him 22 steals short of this group. The four Brewers who reached the 100HR/100SB Club in a Brewers uniform are:

Robin Yount: 251 HRs/271 SBs

Rickie Weeks: 148 HRs/126 SBs

Paul Molitor: 160 HRs/412 SBs

Ryan Braun: 352 HRs/216 SBs

Another Top 10 NBA draft pick from a Wisconsin college

“With the 10th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select… Johnny Davis, Wisconsin.”

With that announcement, Badgers’ guard Johnny Davis became the fourth player from a Wisconsin-based college since 2000 to be chosen with a Top 10 pick in an NBA Draft… he joined Dwyane Wade (5th in 2003), Devin Harris (5th in 2004) and Frank Kaminsky (9th in 2015).

Based on the history of the NBA Draft (1947-2022) presented on the basketball-reference.com website, there have been 21 players from schools located in Wisconsin that were chosen with one of the first 25 selections of an NBA Draft. Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin each have 10, while UW-Stevens Point saw Terry Porter get drafted with the 24th pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Here is a look at the players from Wisconsin-located colleges who were chosen in an NBA Draft within the first 25 picks.

Dwyane Wade, 5th pick in 2003
Butch Lee, 10th pick in 1978
Terry Rand, 11th pick in 1956
Don Kojis, 13th pick in 1961
Maurice Lucas, 14th pick in 1974
Dean Meminger, 16th pick in 1971
Bo Ellis, 17th pick in 1977
Henry Ellenson, 18th pick in 2016
Earl Tatum, 21st pick in 1976
Larry McNeil, 25th pick in 1973

University of Wisconsin
Glen Selbo, 2nd pick in 1947
Don Rehfeldt, 2nd pick in 1950
Devin Harris, 5th pick in 2004
Frank Kaminsky, 9th pick in 2015
Johnny Davis, 10th pick in 2022
Al Henry, 12th pick in 1970
Wes Matthews, 14th pick in 1980
Sam Dekker, 18th pick in 2015
Paul Grant, 20th pick in 1997
Michael Finley, 21st pick in 1995

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Terry Porter, 24th pick in 1985

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee just missed having their first Top 25 pick in the NBA Draft this year. One-and-Done player Patrick Baldwin Jr. was selected in this draft with the 28th pick of the Golden State Warriors.

One final stat: Of the 21 players from Wisconsin-located colleges listed above who were Top 25 draft choices, the player that played in the most career NBA games was Terry Porter with 1,274. Michael Finley tops all University of Wisconsin players with 1,103 NBA games, while Dwyane Wade leads Marquette University players with 1,054 NBA contests played.

Corbin Burnes chalks up another 10-strikeout game for the Brewers

In the Brewers June 20, 2-0 win over the division rival St. Louis Cardinals, starting pitcher Corbin Burnes gave up only two hits in seven innings of work for the win. That included 10 strikeouts, the fifth time this season he has struck out 10 or more batters in a start.

With his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season, Burnes is now tied for sixth on the team’s all-time list for most 10-strikeout games in a season with five (he is also second on the list having recorded eight 10-strikeout games last season). Since the season is not even at the halfway point, Burnes has an excellent shot at breaking the team record of nine games with 10 or more strikeouts in a season (held by Ben Sheets in 2004).

Burnes, however, is even closer to another Brewers pitching record. He now has 17 career games with 10 or more strikeouts, just one off from tying the team career record of 18 games held by Yovani Gallardo.

Here is a look at the Brewers team record for most games in a season with 10 or more strikeouts and the team record for most career games with 10 or more strikeouts.

Most games in a season with 10 or more strikeouts (Brewers pitchers)
9-Ben Sheets, 2004
8-Corbin Burnes, 2021
7-Yovani Gallardo, 2010
7-Teddy Higuera, 1987
6-Jimmy Nelson, 2017

Most career games with 10 or more strikeouts in a game (Brewers pitchers)
18-Yovani Gallardo
17-Corbin Burnes
16-Teddy Higuera
15-Ben Sheets
12-Brandon Woodruff

Breaking the MLB record for these two stats, however, might be a little harder. There has been eight times in the majors that a pitcher has struck out 10 or more batters in 20 or more games in a season. Randy Johnson holds four of those eight seasons. They are:

Most games in a season with 10 or more strikeouts (all MLB pitchers)
23-Randy Johnson, Arizona, 2001
23-Randy Johnson, Arizona, 2000
23-Randy Johnson, Arizona, 1999
23-Nolan Ryan, California, 1973
21-Gerrit Cole, Houston, 2019
21-Sandy Koufax, LA Dodgers, 1965
20-Randy Johnson, Houston/Seattle, 1998
20-Nolan Ryan, California, 1977

The career record for most 10-strikeout games was basically a two-man race between Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan. Ryan tops the list with 215 career games with 10 or more strikeouts, Johnson ended his career just three games short of Ryan with 212. Only three other MLB pitchers have 100 or more career games with 10 or more strikeouts… Roger Clemens (110), Pedro Martinez (108) and Max Scherzer (106).

Packers have played in second-most playoff games this century

If you are a Packers fan, do you know how lucky you are… especially when it comes to watching playoff games that involve the Green-and-Gold?

Since 2000, the Packers have played in 29 playoff games, second-most in the league to the New England Patriots (they have played in 42 post-season contests). The Pack’s 29 playoff games are more than Detroit, Cleveland, Miami, Jacksonville and Washington combined (these five teams have played in 23 playoff games since 2000).

Here’s a look at how many playoff games each NFL team has played in since the 2000 regular season:

42: New England

29: Green Bay

27: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle

19: Kansas City, New Orleans

17: L.A. Rams, San Francisco

16: N.Y. Giants

15: Carolina, Denver

14: Atlanta, Tennessee

13: Minnesota, Tampa Bay

12: L.A. Chargers, N.Y. Jets

11: Cincinnati, Dallas

10: Arizona, Houston

9: Chicago, Las Vegas Raiders

7: Buffalo

6: Jacksonville, Washington

5: Miami

3: Cleveland, Detroit

The 29 playoff games are part of the good news for the Packers in the post-season discussion. What is not such good news is that although they rank second in most playoff games since 2000, the team is one of 18 teams since 2000 that have a losing record in playoff games. The Packers rank 15th in playoff games winning percentage since 2000 with a 14-15 record (.483 winning percentage). Only three NFL teams have a playoff winning percentage of .600 or better since 2000: New England (.714), the New York Giants (.625) and Tampa Bay (.615).

As you might expect, the Patriots have the most playoff wins since 2000 with 30. Ranking second is Baltimore with 16 playoff wins this century. They are followed by Pittsburgh with 15, and Packers, Eagles and Seahawks with 14 playoff victories each since 2000. The only NFL team to have not won a playoff game since 2000 are the Detroit Lions. Cleveland, Miami and Washington have each only won one post-season games since 2000.